Lakers, extension contract with Davis … laying the groundwork

The LA Lakers have firmly seated the core of their power.

According to ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnalowski, on the 5th (Korean time), the Lakers agreed to extend the contract with ‘The Brow’ Anthony Davis (Forward-Center, 208cm, 115kg).

The Lakers gave Davis a three-year, $186 million contract. The deal makes Davis the largest contract extension ever signed in a year. As long as it is worth 62 million dollars per year, it broke the record in that category.

With a contract valued at well over $60 million per year, the deal runs through the 2025-2026 season. Including the 2024-2025 season player option (approximately $43.2 million), the upcoming 2023-2024 season to the 2027-2028 season will have a whopping $270 million in contracts. He is expected to receive approximately $66.8 million in the final year of his contract. As long as there is no separate option, it is of course a condition that the full amount is guaranteed.

Davis has not performed well except for the last 2019-2020 season, when he won the championship. Because he was caught in an injury. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the 2019-2020 season was suspended for the first time ever, and the 2020-2021 season was immediately played. Davis and the Lakers had no choice but to bear the burden. In the end, Davis was unable to even play properly due to injury.

Same for the last 2021-2022 season. As he was injured without fail, the Lakers couldn’t avoid the decline. Last season, he also had to sit out due to an injury in the middle and late stages. However, last season, he played more than 50 games for a long time, and played a big role at the end of the season and in the playoffs. The Lakers showed off their great presence as they continued their championship challenge. As the backbone of their power, it’s natural for the Lakers to hold him.먹튀검증

But it is also true that there are concerns. Davis’ contract extension is in charge of the 32-year-old season through the 35-year-old season. Since wearing a Lakers uniform, he has never played more than 60 games in his last three seasons. He hasn’t even played 70+ games since the last 2018-2019 season. Giving a contract worth 62 million dollars a year to a big man in his 30s could come back as a huge boomerang. 

Still, it is understood that the Lakers won him a big contract as he was important. Not only because there is no other alternative besides Davis, but even if he goes to the market, it is obvious that many clubs will rush to him. As much as the contribution he can make in defense, as well as simple offensive indicators, is absolute, the Lakers treated Davis clearly and chose to work with him. 

Moreover, as much as LeBron James has to retire in a few years, he has to prepare for the future, so there are no clear cards. With this contract, the Lakers will prepare until after James retires. James has a contract through the 2024-2025 season, including a player option. If he steps down, it’s natural for the Lakers to build a team based on Davis.

The deal prepared Davis to become a franchise star for the Lakers. As the size of the contract is significant, it is currently likely that there will be no trade. If all contracts are fulfilled, it is likely that he will become a big man representing the Lakers following Pau Gasol. If he adds to the championship, he has set the conditions for him to be able to challenge the permanent number. 

Last season, he recorded 25.9 points (.563 .257 .784), 12.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 2 blocks in 34 minutes per game in 56 games. The overall numbers were similar to the last 2019-2020 season, when the Lakers won their first championship, and for the first time since moving to Hollywood, they averaged more than 25 points for the season and showed the potential to grab the most average rebounds. 

In the fall of 2020, right after his win, he won his current contract (5 years, $190 million). At the time of his contract, it was a poor contract compared to his performance, but his injuries overlapped, leaving him with regret. With two years left on the contract, Davis reached a new milestone by signing a massive extension. He won the best big man down contract in his current career.

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